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donderdag 29 september 2016

Barking Mad?

It’s the first week of October, which means it’s Oktoberfest month. Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Germany. The popular festival is now celebrated all over the world. For example in Melbourne, Australia. The video shows one of the Melbourne Oktoberfest activities.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • barking mad - completely crazy
  • sausage dog - teckel
  • costume - special clothes that you wear to look like a different person or thing
  • pretty pooch - pretty dog



  1. How long is the racing track?

  2. Complete the sentence:
    Stanley can run like the .....
    Explain what this expression means.

  3. How many times has this event been held?

  4. The first contest is a racing contest. What is the second contest?

Extra words assignment
In the introduction, the commentator says: “It may seem barking mad...”
1 The underlined expression is a extra funny for this video.
2 Can you explain why?
Hint: Find out what the verb “bark” means. You can look it up in a dictionary.

Young and Politically Active

The US presidential elections are coming up, it’s hard to miss. Just the other week, the first big television debate took place.
Meet Weston Imer from Colorado, a young supporter for one of the candidates.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • co-chair - the chair is the person who is the leader of an organization or committee, the co-chair is the person who helps the chair do his or her job
  • critical - extremely important
  • eligible year - the year in which Weston is old enough to run for president
  • presumptuous - very confident, maybe even too confident, especially in a way that is rude
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How old is Weston exactly?

  2. What are Weston’s political plans for the future?
    And in what year could this happen?

  3. According to Weston, what will happen to the United States if Hillary Clinton is elected?

  4. Think of 1 or 2 questions you would ask Weston Imer.


Extra listening assignment 1
Weston mentions his 'eligible year'. Being old enough is one the requirements to become president.
This video explains what is required to become President of the U.S.
  1. Watch the video.
  2. Write down all the requirements.

Extra listening assignment 2
In the above video, Weston mentions that interviewer Kyle Clark called him "overly presumptuous".
  1. Watch this video.
  2. What word did Kyle Clark use exactly?

donderdag 22 september 2016

Record-Breaking Teen

This week, US teenager Broc Brown was in the news for breaking records. Find out more in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • astonishing - causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder
  • genetic disorder - a physical condition that is not healthy and that somebody is born with
  • spine - the row of connected bones down the middle of your back
  • kidney - one of the two organs in your body that remove waste products from your blood and make urine
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Which record did Broc break?

  2. How come Broc is so tall?

  3. How tall is the current world's tallest man?

  4. Can Broc just buy any shoes he like? Explain your answer.

  5. What does Broc’s mom wish for him?

Extra numbers and measurement assignment
First some handy background information
A foot (pl. feet) is a common length unit used in Imperial system and the current US customary unit system. A foot has 12 inches, and 3 foot make a yard. The abbreviation for foot is ft.
1 foot = 0.3048 meter.
1 meter = 3.28 feet.
Multiply any meter measurement by 3.28 to convert to feet.
Your assignment:
First read the following questions.
Next watch the first minute of the video again. Focus on Broc’s length.
  1. How tall is Broc in meters now?
  2. And how tall was he in meters when he was in kindergarten?
  3. How tall are you in feet?

Q&A

This month, gymnasts and gym clubs around the U.S. celebrated National Gymnastics Day. One of the most famous young American gymnasts is Simone Biles. Did you watch the Olympics last summer? She did some amazing stuff on the balance beam.
You can get to know her better in this video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • Q&A - Questions and Answers
  • furry - covered with something that looks or feels like the hairy coat of an animal, especially when it is soft and thick
  • Game! - a word you say out loud, meaning: "I'm ready to play along" or "I'm willing or ready to do this"
  • do an impression of somebody - do an imitation of somebody else for fun
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why does Simone laugh so much?

  2. Why does Simone’s mother Nellie like wearing furry slippers?

  3. Why did Simone’s parents come over and talk to her at the 2015 World Championships?

  4. “Guess my favorite movie” and “Something I wish you would stop doing” are just two of the texts Simone and her mother read from the cards. Write down 2 or more of these questions.

Extra speaking assignment

Have your own Q&A.
  1. Partner up with a classmate.
  2. Take the texts you wrote down in the 4th part of the main assignment above.
    Copy them on separate cards of pieces of paper.
  3. Together think of a couple of similar texts.
    Copy them on separate cards of pieces of paper as well.
    Tip: Just think of things you’d like to know about your classmate.
  4. Put all cards in some kind of container.
  5. Take turns pulling out a text and reading it out to your classmate.
  6. Answer the texts your classmate reads to you.

donderdag 15 september 2016

Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday

The 13th of September 2016 would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.
Dahl’s books are full of songs and poetry. He even wrote three books of only poems. The poem in the video is from the collection Dirty Beasts.

Before you watch the video
  1. Make a list of the books by Roald Dahl you know. The titles can be in English or Dutch.
  2. If you only know the Dutch title, find out what the original English title is as well. Write it down next to the Dutch title.
  3. Compare your list with those of your classmates.
Tip: Even if you’ve never read one of Roald Dahl’s books, you’ll probably have seen one or more movies based on his books.

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Piggy was a "wonderfully clever pig".
    Name three or more clever things Piggy the Pig could do.

  2. "One question drove him round the bend..."
    This means there was one question Piggy just couldn’t find an answer to.
    Which question was that?

  3. Eventually Piggy does figure out the answer. What was the answer?

  4. What does Piggy the Pig do in the end?

Can’t get enough of Roald Dahl?
Extra reading assignment
1. Read the complete poem here.
2. Discuss the meaning of words and lines you don’t understand with a classmate or with the entire class.

Extra speaking assignment
1. Form a groups of five or six students.
2. Divide The Pig poem in five or six chunks (depending on the number of people in your group).
3. Each student is assigned one chunk.
4. Learn your lines by heart.
5. Recite the complete Pig poem with your group.

Extra listening assignment
1. Check out this earlier Dahl listening assignment.

Refugee or Migrant?

Thousands of refugees have fled their home country over the past year. Mahya was one of them. Watch the video to find out more about Some of them have come to Australia. So next we're going to take a look at what a refugee actually is and how they're different to the thousands of migrants that come here to live too.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • voluntarily - done because you want to and not because you have no other choice
  • force to leave - to make it necessary for someone to leave
  • gender - the state of being male or female
  • confusing - difficult to understand
  • charity - an organization that helps people who need help
  • volunteer - a person who does work without getting paid to do it
  • overseas - in or to a foreign country that is across a sea or ocean
  • face challenges - meet with difficult problems that you will have to try and solve
Before you watch the video
  1. Tell or write down what you think the difference is between refugees and migrants.

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Which country did Georgia come from? And Mahya?

  2. Name the different reasons why the girls moved to Australia.

  3. For each girl name the thing or things they found difficult about moving to Australia.

  4. Finish the following sentences:
    A migrant is a person who ..........................................................................
    A refugee is someone who ..........................................................................

Finally, go back to your explanation of the difference between refugees and migrants. Would you change your words now? If so, how?

vrijdag 24 juni 2016

Bregrets

Last Thursday, Britain voted to leave the European Union. This video was shot the next day.

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How did Mandy vote?

  2. How does she feel about her vote now?

  3. How does she explain her feelings about the outcome of the referendum?

  4. How did Mandy's sisters and parents vote?

Brexit

The British people have voted to leave the European Union. A reporter asked British travellers in a Paris train station how they felt about this.
Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • bail out someone or something: help them solve a problem or leave a difficult situation; help (a business, an organization, etc.) by giving or lending money
  • forced the resignation of Cameron - made it necessary for Cameron to resign
  • flourish - be very successful; do very well
  • go at something - make an effort to do or deal with something

First read the assignment.
Next watch this video.
Make notes to help you do the assignment.

Assignment
  1. Listing carefully to all the reactions.
  2. For each one, note if they are happy or unhappy about the result.
  3. For each response, repeat at least one explanation they give why the result is a good thing or not.

donderdag 16 juni 2016

Playing Ball

Football fans are having a ball: It’s Euros time! Are you following the European Championship?
This year, Northern Ireland qualified for their first ever European Championship.
In the video, a young boy speaks for all the Northern Irish football fans. They are “the extra man” (de twaalfde man) of the Northern Ireland national football team.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • come rain or shine - whether it rains or not; always
  • at the top of your voice - in the loudest way possible
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Complete the second line:
    "We are the North, the South, the East and the West,
    The ..........................................................................."

  2. Fill in the other 3 years the boy says:
    We are the 1958,
    the ...........,
    the ..............,
    the ...............

  3. What colours does the boy mention at the end? Explain why these colours.

Extra assignment for poetry buffs

The first line the boy says bring to mind a line from a famous English poem:

"He was my North, my South, my East and West,"
  1. Go to the internet. 
  2. Find out which famous English poem it is and who wrote it.

Summertime

Summer vacation is around the corner. What will you do? Author Dav Pilkey has a summertime tip for you.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • bored - feeling tired and grumpy because you’re not interested in anything
  • go down the drain - get wasted or lost
  • break - pause from school, work et cetera
  • bunch - a large amount, a lot
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What happens if you only play around during your summer vacation? Name two things.

  2. What kind of books should you read to train your brain?

  3. Does summer reading only help train your brain if you read a lot every day?
    Explain your answer.

  4. What book(s) will you read this summer?

donderdag 9 juni 2016

#KeepTheSecret

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. It is a stage play and it will open later this summer. This week, die-hard fans could already see the very first preview of the play.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • keep a secret - not tell a secret to others
  • plea - a serious request for something
  • cause a stir - be the reason why there is a lot of excitement among a group of people
  • sold out - having all the tickets sold completely
  • stand a chance - have a possibility of success
  • re-released - made available again
  • get lucky - have good luck; succeed because of good luck
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What secret are we suppose to keep?
  2. How many years lie between the last Harry Potter book and the story of the new Harry Potter play?
  3. How can you still get tickets for the play?
  4. When and where will the play officially open?

Read My Lips

On Thursday, 23 June there will be a referendum in the UK to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. Would it make a big difference to be in the EU or not? Actually, the European Union affects our everyday lives. For example if we buy lipstick. Matthew Price explains this in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • red tape - a series of actions or complicated tasks that seem unnecessary but that you must do to get something
  • binding - obligatory, required
  • ban - forbid things so that you may not do or use them
  • harmful - causing or capable of causing damage or injury
  • have the same level of protection - be just as safe as (e.g. other products)

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. In what year was the European cosmetics directive first written?

  2. Matthew Price says: “Now beauty of course is big business.”
    “big business” has two meanings:
    1: big large companies considered together as a powerful group
    2: an activity or product that makes a large amount of money
    Which definition is meant here? Explain your answer.
  3. What is the difference between cosmetics you buy in a shop and cosmetics you buy online?
Extra listening exercise
  1. Watch these two other videos in the The EU in 10 Objects series.
    First the one that takes a look at sausages.
    Next the one on beaches.
  2. Which one gives people in the UK good reason to leave the EU (Brexit)?
    And which one is more in favour of remaining in the EU (Bremain)?
  3. Explain your answer.

donderdag 2 juni 2016

Concert Etiquette

Adele is touring Europe. She’ll be giving concerts in Netherlands and Belgium this and next week. Previously, she performed in Verona in Italy. In the video, Erin Robinson tells what happened there.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • call somebody out - speak directly to somebody to say something about this person’s actions
  • tripod - a support or stand for a camera, telescope, etc., that has three legs
  • take something to a whole other level - make something much bigger
  • roar with applause - clap your hands and shout and yell enthusiastically
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name 2 or more reasons Adele gives the lady to convince her to stop filming.

  2. Did the audience agree with Adele? Explain your answer.

  3. Adele isn’t alone in this. Other artists have said that fans holding cameras makes them feel like they're living in a fishbowl.
    Explain the underlined expression.

  4. What advice does Erin give us at the end?

  5. What do you think about Adele calling out fans on this? Write a comment for the comment section (30 or more words).

Equality

America, is gearing up for the presidential election of 2016. One of the candidates is Donald Trump. Listen to Alexander, a 13-year-old Trump supporter, explain how society works and how it should work.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • gear up - get ready for something
  • opportunity - chance
  • outcome - result
  • live off - use something or someone as a source of the money or other things you need to live
  • butt - the part of the body you sit on
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Alexander says: “Equal opportunity. Not equal results.” Explain what this means.

  2. According to Alexander, how can you make a country succeed?

  3. Both boys say that many people just want to "sit on their butts".
    What does this expression mean?

  4. Do you agree with Alexander? Explain your answer.

donderdag 26 mei 2016

Growing up in America

In our time, people are leaving their home country for many reasons. And then their kids have to grow up in a new homeland. Watch the video to find out how this is for teenager Aaron Darab.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • competitive - having a strong desire to win or be the best at something
  • sophomore - a student in the second year of high school or college in the US
  • diverse student body - all the students at a school and they are all of different ages, races, etc.
  • diversity - situation with people who are different races or who have different cultures, etc.
  • burden - something that is really difficult to accept, do or deal with
  • embrace - to accept something readily or gladly
  • role model - someone who another person admires and tries to be like
  • it will stand him in good stead - it will be useful or helpful to him

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is Aaron’s own explanation for being competitive?

  2. For Aaron, what is the good thing of going to a school with students of all kinds of backgrounds?

  3. How does Aaron feel about his Afghan roots?

  4. Who inspired Aaron to start playing basketball?